8 Best Comedians You've Never Heard Of

The 8 Best Comedians You’ve Never Heard Of… Probably

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Being a superstar event manager is tough.

Every event you produce has to be better than your last. Perhaps you don’t even know how you’ll outdo yourself. Somehow, with creativity, perseverance, grit and… more creativity, you come up roses.

Phew. The super in superstar stays. For now…

Ever wish a hotbed of talent would just materialise and take the punishing legwork out of the search? Short of checking out our amazing talent, that is?

That’s exactly what we’re serving up here – eight of the best comedians you need to know about right now.

Becky Lucas

Becky Lucas is delightfully funny and an exceptionally talented writer, now officially earmarked as a rising talent:

  • 2013 Triple J RAW National Finalist
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festivals’ The Comedy Zone

Becky’s solo shows sell out and she has supported headliners like Wil Anderson, Jim Norton and Joel Creasey. Like an iron fist in a velvet glove, Becky’s humour will hit you on the nose when you least expect it.

She’s super talented, fresh and in a class of her own.

You don’t have much time left to brag that you saw Becky Lucas before she was cool and a sell-out.

Source: Alex Habilay, scenestr.com.au

Adam Rozenbachs

Adam Rozenbachs is less newbie, more tried-and-true comedian on the up and up. You could say he’s paid his dues, having performed no less than eight Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He’s a firm favourite on the stand-up comedy circuit around Australia, and has supported big guns Dave Hughes and Adam Hills on national tours.

Adam’s been a regular on Spicks & Specks, as well as appearing on Dave Hughes’ Handy DVD, Mick Molloy’s The Nation, Rove [live] and more.

Catch Adam at the 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival in 3 for 1 Live @ The Comic’s Lounge with Dave Callan and Ben Lomas.

Razor-sharp banter with his audience… There’s plenty of laughs waiting for you.

Source: Sunday Herald Sun

ROL: Return on Laughs

If you’re passing on a comedian at your event, you may be missing out on some great ROI – or ROL as we like to say.

There are plenty of funny-makers who will adjust material to suit your audience – and make their sides split at the same time.


Ciel What do Prince, Madonna, Beyonce and Ciel have in common? They only need one name. In her own words, “my name is French for sky, just like Paris Hilton is French for has-been-skanky-ho.” Ciel is one of the hottest female comics to pop up on the Australian comedy scene.

She has versatility which works wonders for corporate events, with skills like:

  • Stand-up comedy tailored to suit specific corporate audiences
  • An accomplished MC
  • Corporate trivia hosting
  • Facilitating ‘hypotheticals’

Catch Ciel before everyone else does!

Delivers gags and tells stories with great style and superb timing.

Source: Stage Whispers

Rusty and Another Guy

Rusty and Another Guy For more than twenty years, Rusty Berther was one half of Australia’s favourite musical comedy The Scared Weird Little Guys.

Rusty recently paired up with another guy, accomplished musical theatre performer Mike McLeish aka Paul Keating from Keating the musical. The pair parody well-known songs with fabulously quick wit and clever improvisations through their upbeat music and beautiful harmonies.

Undeniably funny and talented, this duo will deliver, and with custom material!

Rusty and Mike included hilarious specially written material which had the whole room in stitches.

Source: JLT Group
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Joel Ozborn

Joel Ozborn was first spotted by 2day FM, winning the 1998 “street performer of the year” at the Sydney Opera house. Akmal Saleh took Joel under his wing from a young age, and he supported American Arj Barker in a standout season of Sydney performances.

Joel’s an experienced comedy festival performer, with sellout shows at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Cracker Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has incredible flair for improvisation, is brilliant at physical comedy and is sure-fire bet for cracking up stressed and burnt-out corporates.

He’s disarming; he’s accessible without being common; articulate and clever without being smug… bloody funny

Source: The Age

Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney – yes we know, he’s been around for a while, but he has kept a pretty low profile until recently. Lawrence is a master of polished subtlety with beautifully woven tales. He’s relentlessly funny and will have your audience in not-so-subtle stitches.

And he comes loaded with a bunch of awards:

  • Best Show Sydney Comedy Festival 2015
  • Best Show Melbourne Comedy Festival 2015

You may recognise Lawrence from his cameos on ABC-TV’s Dirty Laundry Live, Agony Uncles, Agony of Life and Agony of Modern Manners.

Lawrence uses his trademark brilliance when he transforms into Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. [LINK]

He wasn’t ever anywhere near as great as he has recently become.

Source: Helen Razer – Crikey Daily Review

Damien Power

Damien Power’s raw, assured style earning him two back-to-back Barry Award nominations in 2015 and 2016; got him nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Show Award 2015/2016. He took out the Director’s Choice Award in 2016.

He’s in the underground cult-hit True Australian Patriots, and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering). He’s had his own segment on The Project and appeared on a string of ABC-TV comedies.

Damien takes a lighthearted look into human behaviour with energy and thigh-slapping hilarity. His insightful, superbly-crafted material is a hit with audience from all backgrounds.

Power is a deep thinker dressed up as a knockabout pub comedian.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Rhys Nicholson

Rhys Nicholson Can you believe it? We have another multi-award-winning up-and-comer to tell you about. Hailing from Newcastle NSW, Rhys is known for his uber-sharp social commentary, with some impressive notches in his belt:

  • 2016 nominated Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Show Award
  • 2013 won Sydney Comedy Festival Mx Best Joke Award
  • 2012 won Time Out Award for Best Newcomer, Sydney Comedy Festival

Rhys Nicholson is a comedian with a conscience. In 2016 he showed his support for marriage equality by marrying Zoe Coombs Marr (they’re both gay). His wry style is gorgeous fun for corporate audiences because he touches on subjects we can all relate to.

He comes in peace and leaves you in pieces.

Source: Herald Sun

Stand-up philosopher

So there you have it – fresh, funny ideas for your next production. Your audience will laugh, cry, laugh-cry, and be swept away by these gemsicles*.

They’ll leave with a smile on the dial, feeling 10x better about themselves, their colleagues and the company they work so damned hard for.

It’s a win-win, and your superstar legacy continues…

*(hidden gems)

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Gav George

When his school music teacher loaned him a cassette tape (yes, he's that old) of a fusion band, Gav entered the jazz world after years of classical music training. He was lucky enough to play with some of the greatest living jazz musicians and toured key festivals. Then Enhance founder Alison Clarke called on Gav to work on the company's marketing. This led him to his new passion of… marketing! Gav oversees Enhance's marketing initiatives, gets a kick out of connecting with clients and unearthing new talent. Gav still has that cassette tape, so if his music teacher reads this, please get in touch so he can return it.

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